Student ResourcesOrganizations and Clubs
The criminal justice student organization is a great starting point for learning about your peers and department resources available to you. CJSO holds monthly meetings at which practitioners in the field of criminal justice share valuable information about careers in the field. CJSO also sponsors social events, which provide you a chance to get to know other criminal justice students and the department faculty.Alpha Phi Sigma is the only nationally recognized criminal justice honor society for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in criminal justice programs. Justice Sciences is home to the NU chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. You can contact Dr. Kay Morgan (205-934-2069) the local chapter faculty advisor for additional information.
The Department of Justice Sciences has academic, need-based, and sponsored scholarships each year based on funding availability. Please make sure you read the general guidelines for these scholarships to learn about eligibility requirements for them before you download an application.
Please read the guidelines for department scholarships before submitting an application. Please note the application deadline is 5:00 p.m. April 5, 2014 for awards for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Department Guidelines for Scholarships
2014-2015 Need-Based Scholarship Application
2014-2015 Academic Scholarship Application
Buck Shaw Private Security Scholarship 2014-2015
Internet Identity Scholars Program 2014-2015
Work Study Opportunities
Federal Work Study Program
Studentjobs.gov provides lots of information on opportunities for students to work with federal agencies and not only accumulate experience but get paid as well. Summer jobs, internships, summer internships, scholarships -- Information here on all this and more!
Career Planning and Placement
As a criminal justice major, there are a number of different career paths that you can explore. The University's Career Center is a great place to help you get started. The center provides information on employment opportunities, assists with job skill development including interviewing and resume writing, sponsors "jobs fairs," and does so much more! There are a number of other helpful sites that will provide you with information on opportunities available to you.
You can also visit Criminal Justice Jobs to learn about opportunities inside and outside of Alabama.
There's a billion and one sites out there with great, good, and not-so-good information related to the field of criminal justice - too many to list here. The following are some of the most relevant to you as you pursue your degree:
- American Society of Criminology
Home page for international organization of scholars, practitioners, and government representatives interested in the causes and consequences of crime and delinquency. Membership information and some excellent links to criminal justice-related sites, including links relating to the death penalty.
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Home page for international organization of criminal justice scholars and practitioners. Membership information and links to criminal justice- related sites.
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Home page for international organization of forensic scientists. Membership and other information.
- Southern Criminal Justice Association
Home page for the regional criminal justice association. Information on conference schedules (usually in cool places like Charleston), publications, membership, etc.
- United States Department of Justice
Includes links to other federal government sites, including federal law enforcement agencies, research sites, and criminal justice-related sites.
- The Correctional Connection
Largest on-line source for news on corrections and related issues.
- The Justice Information Center
Site contains a host of information on criminal justice related topics. Includes reports and other material that you can download.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
Statistics about crime and victims that you can access, including links to data sources for research purposes. Part of the U.S. Justice Department.
- National Institute of Justice
Research wing of the U.S. Justice Department. Funding source for grants. Links to other sites for data and related resources.
- Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Home page for agency that assists local police departments to implement COP. Lots of information on community-based policing including reports.
- Bureau of Justice Assistance
A component of the Office of Justice Programs of the Justice Department, BJA supports programs that strengthen the justice system. Lots of resources, including some devoted to safe-schools programs.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Site is devoted entirely to issues involving juvenile justice. Grants and funding information, as well as resources on juvenile justice issues, programs sponsored by OJJDP, publications, and a calendar of events for the upcoming year.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Lots of crime-related information, including crime statistics you can download, employment opportunities, the "10 Most Wanted List," and other cool stuff.
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Includes information not only about the agency itself, but about various career opportunities with it.
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF)
- United States Marshals Service
- United States Secret Service
- RAND Corporation (CJ research)
- Federal Judicial Center
- COPnet (Police-related material)
- Cops on-line
- UAB Police Department